DoE rubbishes UK report of plastic waste dumped in Ipoh forest

IPOH: The Perak Environment Department has denied a British news report of an unmanaged dump of plastic waste in the jungles in Ipoh.

State environment director Norazizi Adinan said the pile of rubbish had been collected at the site of a company which processes waste as fuel.

“The company operates in the IGB Industrial Area in Tasek and has not violated any regulations,” he said when asked to comment on a report in the Daily Mail about a six-metre deep plastic waste dump in the jungles here.

Norazizi said the premises was operating legally and had a licence from the Ipoh City Council which was monitoring the operations in the area to ensure that the company abided by the Environment Quality Act 1974.

K. Muralindran, operations director of Resourceco Asia (M) Sdn Bhd said the rubbish at the site, estimated at two tonnes, had been collected from the beginning of this year.

He said the company, which had been in operations since 2011, collected waste such as plastics and fabrics to be processed into fuel for use in cement processing plants.

“We are the first such company in Malaysia and processing waste into fuel actually helps to protect the environment, better than dumping waste at the disposal sites,” he said.

He said the company buys between 3 tonnes to 4.5 tonnes of garbage every month from various industries and commercial bodies for recycling.

On the claims by the British media, Muralindran did not rule out the possibility that it came about from a group of four foreigners who entered the collection site last December.

“We invited them to come to the office to give them a brief description of what really happens but they refused and proceeded to the disposal site to take pictures using drones,” he said.

He added that a police report about the group was lodged on Dec 14 at Kampung Tawas police station.